Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

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Little Saplings - a bi-monthly (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month) event for little ones.

The activities will be aimed to suit 6 months to 5 year olds. The sessions are 1.5 hours of outdoor free play, which are child led. Parents are encouraged to allow the children to discover their environment independently. There will be a small fire lit at most sessions, with something being cooked on the fire (marshmallows, popcorn etc.). Parents and carers need to bring children (and themselves) suitably dressed for the outdoors, mud and weather. With their own snacks and drinks necessary for the child. Any additional food and drinks can be purchased from the facilities on site. There are also toilets available at the car parks. No booking required at the moment. For further information, or if you have any questions please email:

Free Family Nature Events


Come and be inspired by nature and join in with our art and craft activities in the great outdoors! Discover what natural colours are hidden in nature, create unusual sculptures, wild painting and leaf collages.


Come and join in with our minibeast fun activities in the great outdoors! Discover what minibeasts live within our woodland and meadow, what they live and how they grow. Play minibeast games, minibeast theatre, crafts, trails and much more.

DEN BUILDING – 30th August

Come and join in with our fun activities in the great outdoors! Make mini insect dens with clay and natural material. Then complete your den building challenges to receive your equipment and tools. In the woodland build dens for humans, mammals and minibeasts. 

Activities aimed at 4 - 7 year olds (but older and younger siblings are welcome to attend). Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Please park in the car park and follow the signs to the woodland to meet us there. All toilets and food facilities are located in main car park.

Please come dressed appropriately, as we will be going outside to enjoy nature in all weathers! No need to book. For further information, or if you have any questions please email:


Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership has secured £1.8million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ambitious and exciting four year programme of heritage activity based on and around the iconic hill. The scheme aims to reconnect people with their heritage and the landscape of this special place.

The partnership is led by the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Lottery grant award is the result of three years of consultation and development. Also on board with the scheme are local councils, farmers and landowners, arts and environment organisations, and community groups.

The chair of the partnership, Ralph Assheton, said “I am very excited that after all the hard work put in by the team and partners, that the National Lottery has confirmed this funding. Now the hard work really begins!”

Plans for year one of the scheme include

  • an archaeological excavation looking for evidence of the real Malkin Tower
  • upgrading of footpaths and creation of a walkers' seat and panorama on the summit of Pendle Hill
  • three artists in residence working alongside projects to explore the subjects and engage with more people
  • volunteers helping with conservation projects including tree planting and woodland management
  • 20 day visits to the area for the innovative People Enjoying Nature (PEN) project
  • Volunteers researching and celebrating a number of Pendle Radical stories
  • Launch of a new website and visitor information

Sue Bowers, HLF Deputy Director of Operations, said: “Pendle Hill is famous for its eerie past and tales of the witch trials draw in many visitors every year. But there’s a lot more to Pendle and thanks to National Lottery players this project is designed to open up, preserve and share other parts of the areas incredible heritage including the founding of the Quaker movement by George Fox. The benefits of this project are far reaching and will offer a range of apprenticeships and trainee positions for local people helping to reconnect them to their natural heritage.”

The photo below shows members of the Board of the Pendle Hill landscape partnership celebrating news of their successful grant application. 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Further Information

You can keep up to date with all our news and events by visiting the project Facebook page, 'pendlehillproject' and also the exciting new Pendlefolk site which will be launched soon at

For background information about the Pendle Hill area and the projects that will be happening you can download the 'Landscape Conservation Action Plan' here or view it at

Coming Soon

The landscape partnership will soon be recruiting for a project team. Details will be made available on our Opportunities page where you can also sign up to join the Pendle Hill Volunteers group.

For more information contact the AONB Office on 01200 448000

In the meantime have a look at our development phase work